Blog 3 E-Learning for kids

Target Audience

The website I am designing for blog 3 is an e-learning website for kids, where kids would be able to learn lots of new thing. E-learning will provide different courses for kids such as English course, Maths Course, Health course, computer skills course and many more. It also has learning games for kids to play and learn in an enjoyable and entertaining way. These games includes preschool games, puzzles, spelling games, word games, and lots of other informative games.

E-Learning is mainly aimed to focus on the kids from the age of 4 – 12 looking to learn the daily use of computer and the basics of other major courses. It also targets the parents and teachers who are involved in teaching the kids of similar age group through a wide range of courses and lectures.

The website design will be consist of light and bright colors like yellow, green, orange, etc and it is not limited for particular gender, which means all boys and girls can learn and play through this website. There will be lots of cartoon characterised images and banners because these are attractive for kids and all kids likes cartoons. The website will be made in a way that person from any socio-economic background can use it easily.

Blueprints

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Wireframes

The wireframes below shows the navigational structure of the website and gives a better understanding of how the site will look and will be used. You can see the home page, Courses page, course list and lecture page, game page, search page and also a contact us page. The site has consistent navigational structure through out all pages.

Home                 WireFrame Home page

Home page the popular games and popular courses for kids to learn with some content at the center.

WireFrame Courses

 

 

 

Courses

This page has a list of all courses.

 

 

 

Courses > Math Course

WireFrame Math Course

This page has a list of lessons for kids to learn which relates to the different age group of kids.

 

 

 

 

Courses > Math Course > Count It Out

WireFrame Count IT Out

This page shows a video of lesson that kids need to learn.
WireFrame Games

 

 

 

 

 

Games

There are different categories of games involved in this page.

 

 

 

 

SearchWireFrame Search result

This page shows all the search results.

 

 

 

 

Contact Us  WireFrame Contact US

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Labeling System

So we are going to go through navigation and labeling system of one of the sites I like alot.

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Lets check out the table to see how apple is labeling information.

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 The Apple site is very user friendly, nice and simple site to go through and check out their  latest products.  They have placed all the labels appropriately and named them very well.  Their is nothing in their labels i don’t like. They have a good and consistent navigation bar  at the top of the site which remains same in every page and has a search bar in that to find  any particular product that a person is looking for.

 They have really good consistency in their interface. All the pages are structured in a same  way with all the navigation labels staying in same position. However their homepage has  some extra navigational labels like “RSS feed, Media” info and some more, but all other  pages have same and consistent bottom navigational labels.  They have used same text  format through out all the pages without putting some fancy texts here and there.        They have arranged everything very well, but i will suggest them to make a minor change  in their bottom navigational labels which need to be more consistent.  However that might  not be that important

 Comparison with other sites

Dell

Dell being a big website with lots of products and information on it has some common navigational system like Apple with a top navigational labels and bottom navigational labels and the content in between. However not all of the pages of dell are similar to apple website, they have some pages with top and bottom navigation labels as apple but also has an extra navigational bar at left side. Also sometimes they are using different text on different pages. It can be clearly seen that Dell has not good consistency in their website.

samsung

Samsung being a biggest rival of Apple has a pretty good interface to attract customers. They share almost same labeling like apple but they have pictures of their products in their menu. Apple and Samsung both have good consistency in their pages. However some of the Samsung website pages have some displaying issues. When the page is zoomed out, position of some of their content is changed and is overlapping other content and going out of the div box.

So in a conclusion i should say Apple is the winner at this time. I might say an Apple a day keeps Samsung and Dell away.

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Alphabetical Ordering

Given list of words to change in Alphabetical order

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  • El Paso, Texas
  • Saint Nicholas, Belgium
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • XVIIme siècle
  • .38 Special
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • New York, New York
  • 1001 Arabian Nights
  • The 1-2-3 of Magic
  • Albany, New York
  • #!%&: Creating Comic Books
  • The Hague, Netherlands
  • $35 a Day Through Europe
  • H20: The Beauty of Water
  • Plzen, Czech Republic

List changed in Alphabetical order

  • #!%&: Creating Comic Books
  • $35 a Day Through Europe
  • .38 Special
  • The 1-2-3 of Magic
  • 1001 Arabian Nights
  • Albany, New York
  • El Paso, Texas
  • H20: The Beauty of Water
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • New York, New York
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Plzen, Czech Republic
  • Saint Nicholas, Belgium
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • The Hague, Netherlands
  • XVIIme siècle

 Did you put The Hague under T or H?                                                                                  I placed The Hague under T, because in this case it is a mane of city in Netherlands so  alphabetically it comes under T. If it wasn’t the name of city then I would have placed  under H because while sorting “The” and “A” is normally omitted.

 Did you put El Paso under E or P?                                                                                          I Placed El Paso under E because it starts with letter E and E comes before P.

 Which came first in your list, Newark or New York?                                              New York, simply because of space . Space comes before A-Z.

 Does St. Louis come before or after Saint Nicholas?                                                This is bit tricky and everyone might have their own perceptions. I think Saint Nicholas  comes before St. Louis simply because “a” comes first. It can be “St. Louis” to come first  ignoring Saint and focusing on next word because “St.” is an abbreviation of “Saint”. But i  am happy with my listing and stick to decision of Saint Nicholas to come first.

 How did you handle numbers, punctuation, and special characters?                  I followed the ASCII sort order chart, where special characters comes first followed by  numbers 1-10 and alphabets A-Z , a-z.

 Assuming the italicised terms are book titles, what might be a more useful  way to organise this list?                                                                                                    Make two lists, one with books where arrange book titles alphabetically and other list with  all those cities names arranging alphabetically. If person doesn’t want to make two lists,  than Book titles can be sorted with alphabetical order under one big heading and cities  names can be written in the following another big heading. But its more useful to have two  lists which makes it to find information easily.

 If the cities represent places you’ve visited and the book titles are ones  you’ve read, how could chronology be used to order the list in a more  meaningful way?                                                                                                          Chronologically lists has to be ordered with most recent cities visited and most recent  books read including time and day. In some cases it can also be arranged with a list of  recent cities visited and  books read during visit.

I am reading other students blogs and commenting on their blog.

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Role of Information Architect

Before jumping to information architects, it is important to know that what information architecture is. By the word “Architecture” people might think of the physical structures of big buildings, landscapes, etc. but it is not only limited to these things.  According to Peter Morville’s book “Information Architecture for the World Wide Web”, the definition of information architecture is;

  1. The structural design of shared information environments.
  2. The combination of organization, labeling, search, and navigation systems within websites and intranets.
  3. The art and science of shaping information products and experiences to support usability and findability.
  4. An emerging discipline and community of practice focused on bringing principles of design and architecture to the digital landscape.

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So we can say Architecture is a term used to describe structure of buildings, but in our case of “Information Architecture” it describes the structure of websites and intranets such as navigation methods, way of grouping information, labeling and searching within websites, etc.

An Information Architect plays a major role in development of websites. He is responsible to organize and label the information on websites, intranets and other online communities and structure them in a way that it is easy to find and use. Some of his responsibilities in website development are;

  • Managing Content on each page that how is is presented.
  • Making easy and effective navigation system.
  • Putting searches in a way that it is easy the find the information.
  • labeling and categorizing the information effectively

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Information Architect structure the information in a way it is easy to find because information can be used if it is easily found. No matter how good information a website has, if it is not nicely structured and easy to find, it is more likely to be an unsuccessful website and won’t be able to get attention of lots of people. The picture describes the role of Information architect in interaction between user, content and context of websites.

  

Librarian Arranging BooksIf someone has still confusion about role of Information Architect, just think of a librarian working in library sorting, categorizing, labeling and putting the books on their right place for people to find them easily. Information Architect does the same job, but instead of working in library and arranging books, he organizes the huge amount of information on websites and intranets for people to easily find what they are looking for.

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Web 3.0 Technology

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Web 1.0 and web 2.0 was the starting of internet where we used the internet in such a way which was time consuming and we were not able to find the proper information easily. Now we are entering the new phase of web technology “web 3.0” also called the Semantic web. Web 3.0 is a place where machines can read the web pages for humans and select the proper information. These technologies understand what people wants and give them the relevant information. For example, Siri in IOS devices allows you to talk to her and get the relevant information and if you want you can send text messages or search for any particular restaurant simply by talking to her.

 

 

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Facebook and their users privacy

Most of people use social networking site such as Facebook, even I use it regularly to see whats going on with my friends and also for studies sometimes:) But most of us are unaware of Terms of Service (ToS) and Privacy policy of Facebook.

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We share a lot of personal information with Facebook such as name, age, picture, interests and a lot of other stuff but most of people don’t have idea that how their personal information is used and if it is secure or not. Well according to their data use policy, they receive the information about what ever we do on Facebook such as messaging, liking any post, adding a photo or video, tagging, etc. They use this information to suggest you friends, pages and also to display advertisement related to your interests. Most of the times Facebook ask for the permission that with whom we want to share our photos or posts which is a good thing for keeping your privacy.

Facebook doesn’t actually say what they will do if there is any breach in security, they only say if we find any security issues then let them know and they will try to fix it.  

The important thing I found is when a person deletes his/ her account  they still keep some of his/her information in backup copies for up to 90 days. Also the messages that you sent to your friend wont be deleted after you delete your account. Also Facebook states under the topic of safety that “We do our best to keep Facebook safe, but we cannot guarantee it.”. Well Facebook can not guarantee anything so use it on your own risk and you are the responsible for your safety.

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Feed Reader I used

Before this course I used to see some RSS icons in lots of websites but never bothered to know what that was. I used Feed Reader for two days and personally I didn’t like it because it was a computer based software application and I had to open my laptop every time I wanted to check for some feeds, so honestly I only used feed reader for not more than 4 times. http://www.feedreader.com/screenshots.php

After that I started using Feedly because it is  web based application and we can access it from any where through mobile phones.  Image   I found feedly very easy to use, It allows us to register through Google account. It has the features to categorize your websites, blogs and articles. I felt good when I started using feedly It gave me all the blogs and news from different web sites in to a one application and i was able to manage them as I wanted.  Everything has some pros and cons, so here are some pros and cons I witnessed by using Rss reader like feedly.

Pros

  • Web based application so easy to access through mobiles and tablets.
  • Saves time by not going to the same site again and again for news.
  • Easy to navigate and manage your websites in to groups, also has option if we want to read specific blog or article later.

Cons

  • Can not comment or check comments on article.
  • Some sites doesn’t have access to feed reader.

Overall it is worth giving it a try.

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Myself..

Hi Everyone

My name is Aakash Kumar and I am a third year Information Technology undergraduate student at Griffith University Nathan Campus majoring in Information Systems and Business Analysis. I am looking forward to work in an IT industry as a business analyst after completing my degree in June 2014.

I am an international student from Pakistan and I like living in Australia apart from the fact that i have to work during my degree.

I made this blog for my course “Information and Content Management” and this is my first blog ever, so i am not sure what should i say here, but i am sure this course is going to give me some good knowledge and let me share my knowledge about web 2.0 tools and Applications.

Anyways thanks for taking a look, hope to make some interesting new friends here 😀

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